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JIM's Christmas Wish List - Album 2

This JIM'S Christmas Wish List album covers 19-25 Dec entries
See also: JIM - Christmas Wish List ads from the past - 2017 Album I.
Click on headline for complete Album II

By Ed Waggener
A highly popular, much commented new JIM feature has run in two albums on ColumbiaMagazine.com for Christmas 2017. The latest one entry, from 25 Dec 1901, was an ad from Coy E. Dudgeon, a Cane Valley Merchant of the day.

Readers can access Album 2 photo's by clicking on the headline, above.



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JIM - Christmas Wish List, 19 Dec 1946



2017-12-19 - Jamestown, KY & Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.

After reading this Christmas Wish List Entry, see also earlier entries: JIM: Christmas Wish Lists


By JIM

For this one, I made no effort to curtail the text to cutline length. I first encountered Miss Babak's essay over a dozen years ago and it has stuck like glue to my generally teflon memory.

As Christmas 1945 approached, war time rationing had eased, peace time production had increased, and many -- most -- who served in the late conflict either were home already, on the way, or had the promise of soon being so. Merchants' shelves were well stocked, and a Christmas greeting from Southern Continental Telephone Company reminded that "For the first time since 1940, our country will enjoy a peaceful holiday season."

A most eloquent expression of the general sentiment of that long ago era, written by 16-year-old Hazel Mae Babak of near Jamestown, appeared in the November 29, 1945, edition of the Russell County News:
"Thanksgiving and Christmas

"Thanksgiving and Christmas soon will be celebrated throughout America, celebrated as never before in our lifetime for this is the year of Victory -- and Peace.

"Reverently we will give thanks for the glory so dearly bought. Gratefully our carols will rise to each of those who have not yet returned. Silently and prayerfully we will remember those who will never return. We, here at home, safe in the land we love, preserved from the ravages of war, know that this year we have cause to keep the great days sacred.

"So we return once more to the old ways and the old customs, to the family gatherings 'round the festive board, to the bounty that is ours as harvest days are over. Again the Christmas tree will glisten, the Yule logs blaze and the presents made ready for Santa's visit. Again 'Merry Christmas' will echo and re-echo as there is truly Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men.

"This should be a happy year, a year of memory forever, for this is the year of victory and peace."

"Our wish -- the wish of all us at home -- is that your Thanksgiving be the most thankful you ever had and your Christmas the merriest."
The ad for the Brown Drug Co. appeared in the December 19th edition of the News.


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JIM - Christmas Wish List, 20 Dec 1995



2017-12-20 - Columbia, KY - Photo By Jim.

After reading this Christmas Wish List Entry, see also earlier entries: JIM: Christmas Wish Lists


By JIM


The ad for Beck & Strange shown here appeared in the December 20, 1905 Adair County News; it constituted one-third of the Christmas-specific advertising in that edition of the paper. Of the other two, one was a terse text-only announcement from M. Cravens, who ran a drug and notions store, while the other touted Singer Sewing Machines as "the best gift Christmas gift for wife, mother, daughter, sister or sweetheart." (The ad didn't name the agent or give a location, but a news brief from earlier in the year reported that Mr. W.L. Taylor, the local Singer representative, had rented the little green brick building in the east corner of the square and that he would "keep a good supply of machines on the market." Mr. Taylor had hired Miss Julia Eubank to run the office for him.) When Beck & Strange--brothers-in-law S.W. Beck & Conrad "J.C." Strange--opened in the fall of 1903, the location was given as "the Bram Vaughan corner."

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JIM - Christmas Wish List, 21 Dec 1955



2017-12-21 - Meadow Hill Inn, Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM .
Christmas ads from many well-known and still remembered businesses graced the December 21, 1955 News. These included Columbia Florist, the Firestone Store, Brown Drug Co., Casey Jones (jeweler), The Style Shop, C.R. Hutchison & Sons, Willis' Dress Shop, and the one shown here from the halcyon days of the Meadow Hill Inn Gift Shop. - JIM
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JIM - Christmas Wish List - 22 Dec 1948



2017-12-22 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by JIM.
1948 was a mixed year. A peace time draft was re-instituted, and toward the end of the year, a recession started which would last well into 1949. Still, the economy was much improved from the pre-war years, and many thousands who had served in the war were taking (or already had taken) advantage of the GI Bill to better their lives. That year, the December 22 edition of the News carried two dozen seasonal greetings from area businesses in lieu of advertisements for goods and services. The one from the News itself graced the top center space on page one. - JIM
After reading this Christmas Wish List Entry, see also earlier entries: JIM: Christmas Wish Lists


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JIM - Christmas Wish List - 23 Dec 1980



2017-12-23 - K & F Supermarket, Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.

As Christmas 1980 approached, the Columbia K & F Food Market offered hot deals on just about everything needed for a holiday feast, plus film, flashes, and batteries for the obligatory family & friends photos. This ad appeared in the December 23rd edition of the Adair County News.. - JIM. "K" stood for Keltner, George. "F" stood for Finn. The market was located on part of the lot nowadays occupied by the CVS Pharmacy, 803 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY. -
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JIM - Christmas Wish List - 24 Dec 1952



2017-12-24 - Exit Corner Burkesville Street and Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo from the Collection of JIM.
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JIM - Christmas Wish List - Coy E Dudgeon 25 Dec 1901



2017-12-25 - Cane Valley, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.
Christmas Wish List December 25, 1901 Inbox x JD Gee Attachments4:21 AM (8 minutes ago) to me The Adair County News dated December 25, 1901 (likely published a day or two earlier) remarked that "The merchants of Columbia are prepared for the biggest holiday trade of their lives, judging by the immense stocks they are displaying. And anything from a copper's worth of peanuts to the finest article of cut-glass gold or silver, can be found in abundance in almost every store. . ." Nonetheless, in that era of less commercialized holidays, only Mr. Coy E. Dudgeon of Cane Valley placed an ad for Christmas goods in this edition of the paper.

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